I would not read another book by this author based on the author's name alone. I like the symbology angle of some of Mr. Brown's books, but the last two books have not measured up to The Da Vinci Code and the political bent of Inferno has made me wary.
The "twist" in the middle of the Inferno unraveled all of the good will in certain of the main characters; it did not work for me. The ending was even more dissatisfying -- I resent having to accept the moral decision that the author wanted readers to swallow in the final stage of the book. The hero of the story - Langdon - should have had more moral fiber in the face of the decisions being made by others, especially after Mr. Brown spent the first half of the book building to a different moral conclusion. The readers are suddenly asked to accept the villain as hero and his evil as enlightened politics. I did not enjoy the ride.
The opening sequence was exciting, it went down hill from there.
I would cut Dr. Sinskey.
I love Michael Connelly and The Gods Of Guilt is a solid Connelly work - I place it in the top quarter of the books I have read in this genre.
Connelly is a master of keeping you involved by constantly tightening the cords of suspense as the story moves along.
The narrator does a good job of becoming Mickey Haller - owing to the first person narrative employed by Connelly. The performance was solid, but there is a certain predictable cadence to his voice that can become annoying at times.
The murder of Earl was an unexpected event -- and Haller's passion and sense of loss for Earl moved me. I will miss Earl too.
The ending was satisfying, even though a bit predictable. The predictability doesn't matter. With Connelly, it is all about the characters, how they grow, how they deal with the challenges of life. That's the joy of a Connelly novel - the characters aren't necessarily family, but you get to know them and feel for them. I will continue to read everything that Michael Connelly writes.
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